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Message from Mrs. Gilbert

Dear TRIO Upward Bound Family,

I hope all is well with you and your families. During this unprecedented time in our history, it is important to stay connected with one another. Please continue to exercise social distancing and good personal hygiene. There are many uncertainties, but we will continue to offer bi-weekday sessions, tutoring and cultural enrichment through online resources. Right now, this is our new normal.

We will post a technology survey on Facebook and Remind. Please complete it so we will know how to provide services to you. Our primary means of communication will be through online resources but if we need to mail educational packets, we will. We will use the data from the technology survey to determine if we can launch Microsoft TEAMS. Through Microsoft TEAMS, we will be able to communicate with you through LIVE, chat, email, and call. Mr. Barnes will provide details regarding technology soon.

Mrs. Buff will be reaching out to you with some cool educational resources such as Khan Academy, YouTube, Google, Facetime Live, and Cambridge Studio as well as online tutoring. These are excellent resources to help you with your classwork. Use this time to start working on ACT Prep so you can boost your ACT score to be more competitive for scholarships.

Ms. Cottrell will provide resources to help you meet your cultural enrichment requirements. After you have met your requirements for this semester, the remainder of your credits will roll over to the 2020-2021 academic year. She has tons of resources available. We will waive the community service credits for the second half of this semester.

We will also waive the testing requirement. If you participate in all of the items above, you will continue to receive stipends. At this point, our plan is to mail stipends the first of each month. Please make sure we have the correct current mailing address. Please provide this information on the technology survey.

We are currently planning the summer component, but we do not know when it will start or whether we will be able to visit Chicago. COVID-19 is unprecedented and unpredictable. The situation changes constantly.

Please scan and email work-study applications to or take a picture and text to (205)616-9909. Details regarding interviews will be released by April 30.

Currently, we are working remotely but are available Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We can get through this together. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me. Please monitor the TRIO Upward Bound website,, for updates.

Best Regards,

Sharon M. Gilbert, TRIO Upward Bound Director